How to Plan a Bridal Shower

If you’re wondering how to plan a bridal shower that is fun and fresh, know you have endless options. Each couple will choose a different type of event, activities, and location based on their taste. There is no right or wrong answer! As one of the many events in any new bride’s wedding season, the bridal shower is the perfect time to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. 

How to Plan a Bridal Shower From Start to Finish

Honor the Bride and Groom

Ultimately, this day is to honor the bride and groom on their new adventure together. Be sure that you are planning activities and events that they will love and suit their personality. Some brides prefer to be involved in the planning, while others want to leave the event up to someone else to organize. 

Plan the Details of the Event

When you’re planning a bridal shower, it starts with the details of the event. You’ll need to know who is attending and what type of event you’ll be throwing. Luckily, a lot of the planning coincides with the planning of the wedding, so you won’t have to duplicate your efforts. 

  • Set your budget.
  • Create the guestlist.
  • Choose a date or time of the year.
  • Organize the registry.
  • Determine the venue.
  • Send out invitations.
  • Plan the event’s activities.

Plan Your Bridal Shower Activities

Bridal shower activities include games, gifts, and experiences. Whether you choose to have a laid back day of mingling or an afternoon of fun, it’s up to the bride! Be sure to have some time dedicated to chatting, eating, games, and gift opening. 


Bridal shower games don’t have to be cheesy! In fact there are many fun games that you can play at your event to get the crowd laughing and enjoying themselves. Try games like bridal shower bingo, the newlywed game, who said it, or two truths and a lie. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to have a good time. Be sure to set aside some time after your meal for the activities. 

Wine Tasting

A wine tasting is a fun and unique activity to engage the crowd, as long as everyone is of legal age! Wine tastings are increasingly popular and are a great activity that doesn’t feel too cliche. Consider a wine tasting with three to five different wines, including bubbly, white and red variations. Encourage your guests to talk about their likes and dislikes- someone may even find their favorite new wine!

To Gift or Not to Gift

Opening gifts is a chore to some, which is why bridal showers are increasingly less focused on the gifts. However, if you choose to have gifts at your event but don’t want to open them at the event, be sure to clearly tell guests you don’t want them wrapped. 

After the Bridal Shower

It’s helpful to take notes while opening gifts or have a plan of action so you can easily send out thank you cards after the event. You’ll want to send those out as soon as you can, and don’t forget about any gifts that were delivered right to you. 

Plan a Bridal Shower at Historic Acres

Looking for a venue in Hershey, PA for your bridal shower? Historic Acres of Hershey offers beautiful spaces for your special day, whether you’re planning a casual event or a more formal affair. Reach out to our team with any questions, to plan a tour, or determine our open availability.